Notts County officially announce Alan Smith as caretaker manager

Alan Smith (Original picture by Glenn Salt, cc-by-sa-2.0)

Notts County have confirmed that Alan Smith has taken over as caretaker manager of the first team.

This comes after John Sheridan ‘left his position’ on Monday (January 2) following a 4-0 loss away at Cambridge United, the Magpies’ ninth consecutive league defeat.

The former Leeds and Manchester United man will occupy the role until a permanent manager has been appointed.

Mark Crossley will continue in his role as assistant manager.

Smith said: “The most important thing right now is for everyone – players, staff and fans – to stick together.

“There’s no getting away from it, it’s been a very, very disappointing season so far but there are lots of points still to play for and we are determined and confident of putting things right.

“The fans are doing their bit; our following at Cambridge, given our recent form, was phenomenal.

“As players and staff we have to repay that loyalty.

“We have some huge games coming up, starting at Morecambe on Saturday and, until a new manager arrives, I will be working closely with Mark and the rest of the staff to hopefully lead an upturn in our fortunes.”